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While the Wilmington Sharks dropped a 6-5 ballgame to Peninsula Pilots in game one of their best-of-three Coastal Plain League Petit Cup Playoff series, former Ashley High School standout and N.C. State rising senior Chance Shepard launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th to lift Edenton Steamers to a 4-2 victory in the other eastern division match up on Wednesday night.

The Sharks face a must-win situation against Peninsula at Legion Stadium on Thursday, while Edenton goes for the sweep against Holly Springs. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Chance Shepard. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Chance Shepard. Photo courtesy John Crouch.

With the game tied at two in extra innings, Shepard smacked his eighth long ball of the summer as the Steamers entered the postseason leading the league in home runs, batting average and runs scored. He also drove in the teams first run of the night and finished the game with three runs batted in.

Peninsula held a 6-2 advantage over the Sharks until the top of the seventh when Nick Rotola laced a one-out double to bring in UNCW junior Andrew Austin to make it a three-run game. Matt Whately also drove in his second run later in the frame with a sacrifice fly to pull within two, with six outs to go.

In the eighth, New Hanover High School alum Sam Foy ripped a one-out stand up double to right and scored on a base hit by Joseph Roberts make it a one-run deficit, but the Sharks rally ended there thanks to a strong effort from the Peninsula bullpen.

Foy and Whatley both finished with two hits for Wilmington.